Things to do at Arlington with the family

Children running across the grass

A day spent at Arlington is a day full of family fun; there's always something to keep your little ones occupied. It doesn't have to be school holidays to come and have fun at Arlington.

Out and about at Arlington Court

With over 20 miles of walkways through woodlands, past play areas and den building sites, and along streams, there's plenty of family fun to be had outdoors. Look carefully and you might even spot a deer. Did you know there's even a heronry to look out for?

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

There are lot of '50 things' activities you can do with the family this autumn and winter. If it's not too chilly, how about a barefoot walk on the lush green grass in front of the house or perhaps watch the clouds go by in the sky and try and spot some shapes, like a bird or an animal? You could even take a stroll on the lake walk and visit the bird hide and have a look at the birds that visit Arlington Court, you may even see a heron in the heronry on the other side of the lake.

With many more '50 things to do before you're 11¾ download an activity sheet and see if you can tick them all off. There are lots you can do in the countryside but also lots along the coast, perhaps Woolacombe or Croyde or maybe even Heddons Mouth. Why not make a nature diary and write about or draw all the things you see and do over the spring, another '50 things' activity. 

Respect Mother Nature

Please respect our trees, wildlife and other visitors to the site. The woods are full of special trees and wildlife. Protect them by only playing with items from the ground; if it’s still attached to the tree, it still needs it! 

The fresh air at Arlington encourages the growth of many rare lichens on our trees. To help them grow and to create homes for bugs we leave fallen logs across the estate. Take care not to disturb these too much when hunting for creepy crawlies.

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Colouring in fun at home

Enjoy these downloadable colouring sheets, from Arlington to you. They're a great way to get a taste of the house and carriage museum at Arlington Court while those buildings are closed.

The boring bit for adults

  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • The lake is full of mud which acts like quick sand, please keep children and dogs well away.
  • The play areas, when open, can be very muddy and we strongly advise old clothes and sturdy boots or wellingtons.
  • Cattle may be grazing in the parkland, please keep dogs on a lead and pick up after them - dog bins are located just outside the carriage museum and behind the visitor reception building, next to the building compound.
  • There are two small ponds in the formal gardens and a larger pond in the pleasure grounds.
  • If you need any assistance on your visit, the property team can be reached on 01271 851101 or 01271 851116 between 10.30am and 5pm.
Dog walking on a lead

Dogs at Arlington

The Chichesters, who owned Arlington Court for eleven generations, were a family of dog lovers, proven by a memorial at the back of the house. Today dogs on leads are still welcome in the grounds, formal gardens and carriage museum when open.

Visiting Arlington: what you need to know

The car park and wider estate are open for walks. The garden, toilets and tea-room (takeaway only) are open every day.